Perfect West Shore Lake Tahoe Itinerary
Updated: Feb 26
Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite spots on this Earth. We love it so much that we bought a couple of cabins out here :) Seriously though, nothing beats the raw natural beauty and local attractions you can experience in this wonderful part of the world.
With so much to see and so little time, zeroing in on an itinerary can be a real struggle. So, I thought it would be helpful to approach this from a an itinerary based around the West Shore of Lake Tahoe.
Explore the West Shore by our Cabin
Kickoff your morning at Where We Met coffee shop. This is a lovely little cafe in “downtown Tahoma” right around the corner from the cabin on the corner of Pine and the 89. They have a great selection of fun and inventive espresso drinks to get your day going (Note: They close in late November and do not open back up until the Spring).
Stop at the Tahoma Market and order a sandwich to go for your picnic. These sandwiches are incredible. They use high quality Boors Head ingredients and bake their own bread daily. The portions are ridiculously large and a sandwich can easily be shared.
Head to Emerald Bay State Park! Take a walk and take in the views (Note: This area can get incredibly busy in the Summer season. We advise getting an early start).
After your walk, walk a mile down to the Vikingsholm, which is a castle right on the lake! (open for tours June-September, but you can admire the castle from the outside year round).
If you are up for an adventure, while you’re down by the water, you can rent Kayaks there. Kayak Tahoe has a location right by Vikingsholm. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a nice late morning on the water that may just be the highlight of your trip.
If you decide to kayak, you’ll definitely want to kayak out to Fannette Island, which is the island you see from up top. You can walk up to the old teahouse - this would be a great spot to enjoy your picnic sandwich from Tahoma Market with an incredible view!
Once you get back to shore, walk to Lower Eagle Falls from Vikingsholm. It’s about a 0.2 mile hike! You can spend the rest of the afternoon hiking to Eagle Lake.The hike is about 1.8 miles, which takes you by upper Eagle Falls and also has great views of the lake and surrounding mountains.
Once arriving at Eagle Lake, you can enjoy the view from the area you walk up to, or you can walk around the lake for a quieter experience.
For dinner, head to West Shore Cafe for a lakeside dinner with the most magnificent views. Another option for dinner is the Dog & Bear Tavern. This is a new restaurant that offers the perfect balance of modern rustic and cozy local outpost. It is walking distance from the cabin.